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By paulbroad
A bit of playing about. The lady swimmer statue on Scarborough lighthouse pier shot on a very cold misty day in February. Seagull droppings cloned off, took some doing and tones adjusted. Pasted onto stock sky image, flattened and sharpened.

EOS 7D. 18/250 OS Sigma at f8. ISO400. 1/400. About 28mm actual.


Tags: Lady Digitally manipulated Diver Swimmer Manipulate

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 9:46AM
Photographing sculpture is a passion of mine, it's about conveying someone else's creativity in one's own style, three dimensions in two. This works - I know the sculpture and this conveys its sense of tension and of aspiration. It has a 'reach for the sky' feel. I like the angle of her arms against the top edge of the frame.
I have problems with replacement skies when the light is so obviously wrong, but it's not here. The sky is relatively subdued as is the light on the sculpture, the soft shadows look 'right'.
Makes me want to go back to Scarborough.

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kousik 5 India
27 Mar 2013 9:48AM
Don't know much of photography. But the open sky & the open arms gives me feel of freedom. I am not much sure, but don't u think a little angel could make this picture more catchy...
27 Mar 2013 10:30AM
What would you do without PHOTOSHOP?
salopian Plus
6 3 27 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 10:59AM
Dramatic shot of an arresting piece of sculpture against a lovely pastel sky.
( At first I thought it was a lady who had dallied too long on the springboard in this freezing weather and got frozen Smile)

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 11:04AM
We used to do this kind of thing in the wet darkroom. Digital just makes it a lot easier. I think there is a lot to be said for sensible post processing. Almost everything we see in magazines is rather removed from the original. It is how the end product looks that matters.

xwang 9 56 8
28 Mar 2013 10:28PM
I do agree with you,Paul. Nowadays Photoshop's work is getting heavier and heavier.. I looked at the award wining or exhibition images, they've all been processed. I guess that there are more and more images are about, so the 'louder' one is more likely to be noticed, that means more post processing work to get a different, unique image, unless the photographer goes to the moon that nobody can reach there easily. The photographer should control his or hers final image, that means we see the image as two parts of work, first as a photographer, take a photo; second, work on it taking control of the image, put personal input in it... when one takes a photo, he or she is a photographer, when one sits in front of the computer, he or she should be an always "lies" since it started, the dark room work is just as the computer processing, but dark room had its limit, as you said it was difficult. It is the computer technology pushes it into a different level...the level that is impossible to get the image from single shot, but it has been widely accepted by the photographic world...Am I right?Grin
BTW, thank you for your helpful critique.

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